Long Beach, Calif. – A pair of nine-kill performances from senior outside hitter Taylor Hughes and senior middle blocker Christian Ahlin was not enough for the No. 11 Pacific men's volleyball team against No. 4 Long Beach State. The Tigers fell in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contest in three sets to the 49ers (25-19, 25-22, 25-19).
The loss drops Pacific to 5-5 and 3-5 in conference play, while the 49ers improve to 10-4 and 8-3 in MPSF contests.
Hughes and Ahlin had five and four kills, respectively in the opening set. Ahlin finished hitting .667 after only taking six swings. However, the 49ers hit .303 as a team en route to the 25-19 set victory.
The second set Ahlin picked up a team-best four kills on as many swings, but Long Beach State outlasted the Tigers 25-22. Setter Patrick Tunnell tallied 11 of his 30 assists in the set. MPSF digs leader Javier Caceres added six digs in the set.
The Tigers fell in the final set to Long Beach State by the score of 25-19. Senior outside hitter Matthew Houlihan paced Pacific with four kills on nine attacks. Caceres added another six digs, brining his total to 17 digs for the match.
Taylor Crabb led Long Beach State for the match with 14 kills on 31 swings.
Pacific is back on the hardwood tomorrow, February 16 with a contest at Cal State Northridge beginning at 7:00 p.m.